Focus your attention on graduate studies during a concentrated period of time. Take the majority of your courses over three summers — attend classes during the day for three weeks in June and another three-week term in July, and complete the remaining courses online during the intervening school years, totaling 26 months. Enjoy the flexibility of studying at home when you are teaching and the convenience of completing the majority of your graduate work during summer breaks. Degree specialty areas include elementary education and gifted education. Elementary Education is a 33-hour program and Gifted Education is a 33-hour program.
Each M.Ed. student is assigned to a faculty adviser, who works closely with students as they advance through the program. Advisers and other faculty guide students as they conduct their action-based research projects and develop their graduate portfolios.
For students who would like to pursue their M.Ed. at Elon but do not live in the area, on-campus housing is available for the summer at a reasonable price. All rooms will be furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk, microfridge and wardrobe.
As a teacher, you know the importance of class size. Average class size in the M.Ed. program is 15. Elon keeps classes small to encourage close collaboration among students and faculty. You will exchange ideas with local teachers from other grades, school systems and levels of experience as well as teachers from other parts of the world.
Learn to critically evaluate research literature and conduct action research projects. In a required online course, you will write an action research prospectus; the following semester you will carry out the project and conduct the research. The results become a part of the Research Skills section of your graduate portfolio.